Fangying “Fanni” Li is originally from China. Currently, Fanni works at the IH Oulu. She admires Finnish work culture. “Somehow here, this freedom brings you more possibilities. You can do whatever you want.”
Eduardo Acosta is from Colombia. Over the past two years, he has been able to experience all that Oulu has to offer. “When I came here, I was surprised by how you can find many things here, how well connected everything is.”
Shefat Islam came from Bahrain to Oulu and fell in love with the city’s nature. What was most important to her was that her daughter adjusted well. Shefat thinks Oulu is a picturesque and calm place, a postcard city.
Jun Nakamura decided to move from Japan to Oulu and study for his master’s degree at the University of Oulu. He is very impressed by Finnish sauna culture. “In the sauna, Finns are more open compared to other places.”
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Working hard to pursue the dreams: Polina’s story of appreciation
Polina’s journey in Finland did not start in Oulu, but she is happy that it led her there. She is now pursuing a degree in Tourism and dreams of doing impactful work at the city services.
“How Oulu supports my career and surrounds me with nature”
Moving to Oulu has had a significant impact on Arjane’s life. She is from the Netherlands, and moved to Finland in 2018. After living in Jyväskylä for a couple of years, she came to Oulu just over a year ago.
A Story All About Exploring Different Cultures, Studying, and Connections
Nada Abass is originally from Egypt and currently living in Finland. Nada’s journey took a fascinating turn when she had the opportunity to become a Communication Trainee at International House Oulu.
“Don’t say ‘No’ when opportunities come knocking”
Vanessa Phekani came to Oulu from Malawi. She hold a bachelor’s degree in public administration and sociology, and a master’s degree in education and globalisation from the University of Oulu.
“What I love about the people here is that they are great listeners”
Kamal Singh came to Oulu in 2010 for his studies from India. At the University of Oulu, he studied to be a wireless communication engineer. Currently, Kamal is working as a Network coordinator.
Gökhan Depo studied in the Education and Globalisation (EdGlo) master’s programme at the University of Oulu between 2014 and 2017. Now he works at E2 Research, an independent, multidisciplinary, research organisation.
”Oulu is a helpful place for international students, and people are nice”
Kiran Pandit came to Finland from Nepal and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business at Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK). He is a chairperson of the board of Pintamestarit.
How Oulu became a must-go place for a former BBC journalist?
Right now, Erika Benke is working as a contributor to BBC News and as a freelance journalist. Before moving to Oulu, she lived in London for 23 years. She found here the quality of life she was looking for. “After two years of working in Oulu, I’m still as relaxed as if I was on holiday”, she says.
“Northern Lights – the best thing to experience in Oulu”
Sharmin Farah came to Oulu from Bangladesh. Her life has changed significantly during the five years she have lived in Finland. Though it has been a rollercoaster ride, I am enjoying this journey, Sharmin says.
“I feel positive about my possibilities here”
Niyati Kandikanti is an ambassador for Oulu Talent Hub, and she enjoys networking. – There are many opportunities in Oulu to interact with other international students and visit new places.